CORONATION Street fans were left shaken tonight after Robert Preston, Gary Windass and Shona Ramsey were gunned down in a Christmas Day bloodbath.
Viewers were sickened as they watched deranged Derek Milligan stalk the Cobbles after going on a rampage looking for Gary.
But things spiralled out of control after he accidentally shot chef Robert first (Tristan Gemmill) in the ITV soap.
Robert was walking back into the Rovers to meet ex wife Michelle, when things ended tragically for him.
As he walked with a spring in his step to the door, Derek fired the gun he had stolen from Gary's shop to prove it was loaded.
Gary goaded him into it and then gave chase while Robert stumbled passed the windows of the pub, unnoticed.
Robert fell in the street and wasn't found until later on when Aggie Bailey left her house for a stroll with son James.
For fans it was all too much, as they took to Twitter to share their shock.
One wrote: "Roberts been shot !!!!!! The rumours were true !!!! Nooooooo"
A second said: "Omggggg he shot Robert through the doo"
But there was more bloodshed to come as Derek's accident riled him up even further.
Shona and Gary also ended up in hospital as Derek left the Rovers and wandered through the streets looking for ex soldier Gary.
Derek was out for revenge, after being tied up by Gary on Christmas Eve.
Gary had decided to teach Derek a lesson for crossing him when he sold the factory to Nick and Sarah, by kidnapping him and holding him hostage.
The next morning after being freed, Derek was convinced that, thanks to Gary's antics, he had lost his kids forever.
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And he was set on getting the man that he believed ruined his life-but Shona got shot in the crossfire.
Fans were in bits over the gory episode, with one writing: "2 shots, 1 fall, 2 deaths ... only on #Corrie"
# I honestly thought there'd only be one death this Christmas as multiple deaths are rare on soaps"I honestly thought there'd only be one death this Christmas as multiple deaths are rare on soaps" Another typed on Twitter: "
As a third said: "Throwing in a siege, two deaths, and a proposal. And then to top it off a sing song in the bistro"